Wednesday, November 18, 2009

When It's Bad to be Good and Good to be Bad


The terms optimism and pessimism are fascinating terms. They are created by a false sense of self. An ego that finds it necessary to label itself and then run around and label others. It is done to discredit others and make itself look perceptive. That is ego. Pure and simple.

Unfortunately, this idea that we must label people and call them names was first learned in the sandbox or playground. It is kind of the adult version of name calling.

Have you ever heard that cliche' about optimism? Of course you have, the one about seeing life as a glass that is half full or half empty? Complete and utter nonsense. I'd like to slap the shit out of the person that first uttered that cliche' and the millions of morons that repeat it.

Years ago, I had a friend who ate right, took care of herself, and believed she would live to a ripe old age. You see, she considered herself an "optimist." Unfortunately, all of that optimism involved not getting seen by a doctor. And as she lay dying at the ripe old age of 42 from cancer, I remembered.

I always enjoy hearing from the silver spoon crowd too. These are the folks who have every advantage. They had the right parenting, access to college usually without working, and a nice network of friends to help them land sweet jobs. Maybe they have so much dough they don't even have to work.

I love it when the rich kids call themselves optimists. No kidding, of course they are. Why wouldn't they be?

Sometimes the optimists acquire self awareness. They become grateful. They begin to realize that their perceptions of optimism and pessimism are born out of the experiences that shape them. Unique realities, opinions about themselves that are always true. When people "get it" is when you see a book such as "The Last Lecture." Grateful people.

In fact, I am going to embed the link for the "Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch. It has been viewed over 10 million times. There are a lot worse things you could spend your time on.

So why am I ranting about this whole optimist v. pessimist debate? Because it is utter nonsense.

I created Frankenstein Government to create awareness. A government that loves optimists and nanny followers, call them enablers, who believe that government is good and will save them. Their optimism and trust, thus lack of participation, makes them suckers. Folks like my friend who don't see the doctor.

Pessimists on the other hand, see the prima facia evidence. They try to make people aware, to garner participation often while facing the ridicule of self anointed "optimists." They are not suckers and don't get lured into egoic thinking. They could be called optimists actually.

Here then is prima facia evidence. The government lost 98 billion this year. Since there are only 100 million taxpayers, including myself, they managed to piss away and lose about 980 dollars of the 15,000 dollars they have garnished from me. I suppose the optimist in me would say, "well they managed not to piss away the other 14k." Sweet.

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